The programme in ‘Theology' is one of the new courses available at Plovdiv University ‘Paisii Hilendarski'. It continues the tradition of teaching theology, taught from 2000 to 2009 in the branch of Plovdiv University – ‘Lyuben Karavelov', Kardzhali. In 2012, the course successfully passed the accreditation procedure in the professional field of ‘Religion and Theology.'
The organization and training in the degree ‘Bachelor of Theology' (available both as a full and part-time degree) is conducted in accordance with the capacity of Plovdiv University and the goals set in its curriculum.
The preparation and organization of training in theology is administered and conducted within the Department of Theology at the Faculty of Philosophy and History. It is performed by a team of highly qualified habilitated and non-habilitated lecturers holding PhD degrees and the teaching process aims to build in the students a proper Christian worldview and to heighten their spiritual values. The programme in theology stimulates the reviving spirituality in the region and contributes to the intercultural, inter-ethnic and inter-religious coexistence.
Orthodox theology encompasses four main parts: biblical, historical, systematic and practical. During the four-year BA course students are taught the main theological subjects, historical and philosophical. In the first two years students have the opportunity to listen to lectures on classical languages – Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Slavonic, Russian and western languages. The studies in the programme also include music, biblical and Christian archaeology, art, rhetoric and other subjects that provide students with a broad theological, historical and philosophical background.
The programme also includes a number of pedagogical courses that enable students to acquire a teaching certificate.
Graduates can continue their education in the humanities' master's and doctoral programmes, work in the Bulgarian Orthodox Church as priests and church officials, teach religion in schools, hold certain positions in the social sphere, in the media, as well as work as teachers in theological and spiritual faculties and seminaries.